The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming events

Aug 9, 2022

Attend the next public meeting of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) to learn more about patent-related policies, goals, and performance. You can watch the virtual public session at the following WebEx link. The PPAC advises the...

Aug 9, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this sixth module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on responding to office actions, the official...

Aug 16, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this seventh module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll focus on what happens after registration...

Aug 18, 2022

​Are you an inventor preparing to file a patent application? In part five of this eight-part recurring series, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) experts will discuss the parts of the claim, show examples of claim illustrations from issued U.S. patents, and help participants develop a...

Aug 23, 2022

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur interested in learning about trademarks and how to apply for a federal registration? If so, this event is a must-attend. In this final module of our eight-part virtual Trademark Basics Boot Camp, we’ll provide a unique opportunity for you to “meet the...

Aug 25, 2022

​Did you know that patents offer territorial rights, meaning that there is no such thing as an international or global patent? Learn how to help protect your intellectual property (IP) in foreign jurisdictions. In part six of this eight-part recurring series, United States Patent and Trademark...

Sep 13 - 16, 2022

If you are a United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) registered patent attorney or an agent residing internationally (i.e. outside of the United States), you can get a better understanding of how patent examiners make decisions at the Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and...

Sep 22, 2022

Are you an inventor? Join us for this session full of important tips on filing a patent application and what to do after you file for a patent. In the final part of this eight-part recurring series, you will learn about common mistakes to avoid and gain a better understanding of post-filing...

News & Updates

Modern, user-friendly Patent Center to fully replace legacy Public PAIR system this summer

WASHINGTON—Beginning August 1, 2022, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Center system—available to the public since 2017—will fully replace the legacy Public Patent Application Information Retrieval (Public PAIR) tool for the electronic filing and management of patent applications...

After a nearly 30-year career at the USPTO, Drew Hirshfeld to step down later this month

WASHINGTON—United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Deputy Director Drew Hirshfeld announced his final day in office will be June 21, capping off a nearly three-decades long career at America’s Innovation Agency...

Record number of practitioners and law firms helped under-resourced inventors and small businesses protect their innovations in 2021

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2021 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate, recognizing and thanking individuals and law firms that have volunteered significant time and effort to help financially under-resourced inventors...

USPTO announces emphasis on transparency as it works to formalize Director review process

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is increasing transparency through updates on the interim process for Director review webpage and through a new webpage that provides the status of Director review requests as it formalizes the Director review process. In response to...

USPTO announces new Public Advisory Committee members

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new membership to its Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees, composed of private-sector intellectual property (IP) executives who help advise the Secretary of Commerce and the USPTO Director on the...

USPTO issues patent number 11,000,000

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today officially issued U.S. patent number 11 million, recognizing an important milestone in American innovation and ingenuity. “This momentous benchmark is a reminder of the remarkable and enduring tradition of American innovation...

USPTO releases updated study on participation of women in the U.S. innovation economy

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released “Progress and Potential: 2020 Update on U.S. Women Inventor-Patentees,” a follow-up to its 2019 report on U.S. women inventors. The new report updates the previous findings based on a review of an additional nearly one...

Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld appointed to a second five-year term

WASHINGTON—The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has reappointed Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld for a second five-year term. Commissioner Hirshfeld’s original term was set to expire this July. “I am pleased to reappoint...

USPTO announces Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to begin accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. The “Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program” launches July 2, 2020. The required petition fee is...

USPTO seeks nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July 31, 2020...